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Bjorn Nielsen
Number of games in database: 33
Years covered: 1926 to 1941

Overall record: +18 -8 =7 (65.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C86 C90 C84
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C86 C84 C90
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bjorn Nielsen vs Moller Jensen, 1926 1-0
   Alekhine vs Bjorn Nielsen, 1941 0-1
   Bjorn Nielsen vs Grob, 1936 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Munich (1941)

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(born Oct-04-1907, died May-21-1949, 41 years old) Denmark

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Bjørn Nielsen played for Denmark in the 1933 and 1935 Olympiads (1) and in the unofficial Munich 1936 Olympiad (+10 =3 -2), and was Danish champion in 1941, 1942, 1944 and 1946. He was also 1st= in 1949 but passed away in Herning before the play-off vs Poul Hage could take place.

Nielsen authored the book Aron Nimzowitsch (Dansk Skakforlag 1945, 444 pp.), which had influence on the chess development of Bent Larsen. Also widely popular was his book Alt om Skak (Odense 1943, 524 pp.).

References: (1) Wikipedia article: Bjørn Nielsen, (2) See also

Last updated: 2017-11-14 13:36:57

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bjorn Nielsen vs Moller Jensen 1-0161926Herning -C28 Vienna Game
2. Nimzowitsch vs Bjorn Nielsen  1-0431933Copenhagen PolitikenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
3. M Luckis vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1441933OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Bjorn Nielsen vs J Rejfir  0-1421933OlympiadB15 Caro-Kann
5. Bjorn Nielsen vs A J Mackenzie  1-0481933OlympiadC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. H Mueller vs Bjorn Nielsen  1-0451933OlympiadA13 English
7. P Devos vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1341933OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. D Enoch vs Bjorn Nielsen 1-0151935OlympiadC11 French
9. T Ichim vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1351935OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. G A Thomas vs Bjorn Nielsen  ½-½311935OlympiadC11 French
11. Stoltz vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1431935OlympiadC11 French
12. Bjorn Nielsen vs Lilienthal 0-1561935OlympiadC14 French, Classical
13. H W Felderhof vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1401936Munich OlympiadC14 French, Classical
14. L Asztalos vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1311936Munich OlympiadD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. D Danchev vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1401936Munich OlympiadA22 English
16. Bjorn Nielsen vs R Krogius  1-0571936Munich OlympiadC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. Bjorn Nielsen vs Grob 1-0231936Munich OlympiadB58 Sicilian
18. Bjorn Nielsen vs L Engels  1-0571936Munich OlympiadB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. I V Rohacek vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1501941MunichD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Bjorn Nielsen vs Foltys  ½-½441941MunichE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
21. Bjorn Nielsen vs P Leepin  1-0351941MunichE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. G Fuster vs Bjorn Nielsen  1-0551941MunichD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. B Rabar vs Bjorn Nielsen  1-0581941MunichE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. Mross vs Bjorn Nielsen  0-1661941MunichC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Bjorn Nielsen vs Bogoljubov  ½-½591941MunichD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Jul-25-09  pdwaj: This biog and game history has 2 Bjorn Nielsens doesn't it? The one who played Nimzowitsch wasn't alive to play the games in 2009!
Oct-04-09  BIDMONFA: Bjorn Nielsen


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  Tabanus: The games from Politiken Cup 2009 are by Bjørn Nielsen from Copenhagen, then rated 1056

On the other hand Bjorn Nielson is same player, with the game Alekhine vs B Nielson, 1941 (0-1) from Munich 8-14 September 1941. The tournament was won by Gosta Stoltz ahead of Erik Ruben Lundin and Alekhine, Bogoljubow, Bjørn Nielsen, Kurt Richter, Foltys, etc.

There is a book in Danish by Alfred Christensen: Mindebogen om Bjørn Nielsen, 187 pp., Ålborg 1949

Bjørn Nielsen is author of the book Aron Nimzowitsch, Danmarks skaklærer, 444 pp., Dansk Skakforlag, Ålborg 1945. It contains 100 games with Nimzowitsch's own annotations. I don't know if it's been translated to English.


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  whiteshark: Here is a picture with Bjørn Nielsen from the Mesterturnering 1947: I think he's playing on the left, <Munk Vest> sitting on the right. (Could be the reverse, too)

Here is the full article:

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  Tabanus: In 1947 he lost a radio match game to Einar Haave, Norway (who later was Norwegian champion, in 1954). He did a book on the match (31 pages only), see also Norges Sjakkforbunds Skrifter No. 1, Oslo 1947
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  Tabanus: Apparently the radio match had double rounds. As has

[Event "DEN-NOR corr"]
[Site "Denmark"]
[Date "1947.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Haave, Einar"]
[Black "Nielsen, B."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[EventType "tourn (corr)"]
[EventRounds "10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Qc2 c6 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. Qxe4 Qb4+ 12. Nd2 Qxb2 13. Rb1 Qxa2 14. g4 Qa5 15. Bd3 f5 16. Qg2 e5 17. gxf5 exd4 18. Rg1 Rf7 19. c5 dxe3 20. fxe3 Qxc5 21. Bc4 Qxe3+ 22. Kd1 Qg5 23. Qxg5 hxg5 24. Re1 Kf8 25. Bxf7 Kxf7 26. Nc4 Kf6 27. Nd6 Na6 28. Rxb7 Bxf5 29. Rf7+ Kg6 30. Rxf5 Rd8 31. Re6+ Kh7 32. Rxg5 Nc7 33. Rh5+ Kg8 34. Rg6 Ne8 35. Rhh6 Nf6 36. Rxf6 gxf6 37. Rxf6 Kg7 38. Re6 a5 39. Kc2 Rh8 40. Re2 Rh3 41. Nf5+ Kf6 42. Nd4 Kg5 43. Nxc6 a4 44. Nd4 Ra3 45. Re8 Kf4 46. Ne2+ Kf3 47. h3 Ra1 48. Nc1 a3 49. Rc8 a2 50. Kb2 Rb1+ 51. Kxa2 Rb4 52. Rh8 Kg3 53. Ne2+ Kh2 54. Nc3 Kg3 55. Nd1 Rd4 56. Ne3 Rf4 57. Rh5 Rf2+ 58. Kb1 Re2 59. Nf5+ Kf4 60. Nh4 1/2-1/2

I suppose the other game went 0-1 in Haave's favor.

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  Phony Benoni: <whiteshark> Nielsen may be playing Black in that photo. The opening looks like a standard Closed Spanish (black pawns on a6/b5, White bishop on b3). According to the game list, Nielsen played the Black side of that opening and was generally a d-pawn player with White.
Oct-05-09  Poulsen: <Phony Benoni><Nielsen may be playing Black in that photo> No, it's Bjørn Nielsen playing white, allright.

Bjørn Nielsen could at some point not use his legs due to a bleeding disorder - an illness that later caused his early death. His first name translates into "bear" - not an uncommon name in danish (and norwegian). He was often called "bjørnen" - "the bear".

As mentioned by <Tabanus> he won a game against Alexander Alekhine - the only dane, that ever did that.

Oct-05-09  gus inn: <Phony Benoni> I my eyes dont betray me, black has a pawnformation od c6,b5,a6.So a Qeensgambit is more likely,as they quite frequently played at that time.
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  Phony Benoni: <Poulsen> <gus inn> Thanks for the information. It was clearly some unwarranted speculation on my part.
Jun-05-10  DoneMac: The games by the "2009 B Nielsen" should be removed from this former Champion's page - it is a really poor miss by the DB admin
Mar-23-11  BLarsen1967: Bjorn Nielsen won the 1941 Danish Champ.,scoring 6.5 out of 9. In round 4 he beat Hartvig Nielsen (who scored 5.5 points)

[Event "dkch"]
[Site "Copenhagen"]
[Date "1941.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Nielsen, Bjorn"]
[Black "Nielsen, Hartvig"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C11"]
[Opening "French"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Be7 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. c3 O-O 9. Bd3 b6 10. Qc2 h6 11. O-O-O Bb7 12. g4 Bh4 13. Rhg1 Nf6 14. g5 hxg5 15. Nxh4 Nxe4 16. Bxe4 Bxe4 17. Qxe4 gxh4 18. Rxg7+ Kxg7 19. Rg1+ Kh6 20. Qf4+ Kh7 21. Qe5 1-0

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  Tabanus: <DoneMac> <The games by the "2009 B Nielsen" should be removed from this former Champion's page - it is a really poor miss by the DB admin>

Done :)

Oct-04-12  Antiochus: One of the oreatests in Denmark chess.
Oct-04-12  Troller: Picture:
Oct-24-14  ljfyffe: "Only one Danish Correspondence Champion has won the OTB-championship ad well - Bjorn Nielsen in 41, 42, 44, and 46." From: ICCF Gold 2002.
Oct-28-14  ljfyffe: as well
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  moronovich: very well
Oct-04-15  rgr459: If he had a bleeding disorder, it may have been hemophilia - in severe cases, this is associated with spontaneous bleeding into joints and can cause degeneration and functional impairment over time.
Jan-29-16  Chess Is More: Strong, defensive player. But when Jews were rounded up all over Europe, this fellow enjoyed his chess playing and beating the great Alekhine in Munich 1941. The nice kibitzer <Sokrates> will know more, he wrote once that he is Danish.
Oct-04-16  Nosnibor: He authored two other books not mentioned in the bio. These were Kan De Kombinere and Kongeangrebet. They dealt with combinations and the last one in particular with methods of attack against the King. R.I.P. Master Nielsen.
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